Floyd faces questions over violation of terms of house arrest
EDEN PRAIRIE — Vikings receiver Michael Floyd violated the terms of his house arrest by accidentally drinking a tea drink that contains alcohol, his agent said Friday.
As a result, he is due in Scottsdale, Arizona, later this month for a court hearing to explain positive readings from three blood-alcohol tests early on the morning of June 11.
"We are aware of the situation involving Michael Floyd and are looking into the matter," the Vikings said in a statement. "We are still gathering facts and will withhold any further comment at this time."
According to Floyd's agent, Brian Murphy, Floyd was five days away from competing his home arrest—transferred to Minnesota after signing an incentives-laden, one-year free agent deal with the Vikings—when he "drank several bottles of kombucha tea drinks, unaware that the drinks contain alcohol" on June 10.
Gossip web site TMZ reported early Friday that Floyd's alcohol-monitoring system flagged five random tests for "high-alcohol" content. Floyd denied the report while participating in a charity event for Gillette Children's Specialy Healthcare at Target Field.
"Totally false," he told the Pioneer Press..
Floyd, a St. Paul native and Cretin-Derham Hall graduate, served a 24-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to extreme DUI in Scottsdale. His 96-day house arrest was scheduled to end next week. If the court finds that Floyd ingested any alcohol, he could be ordered back to jail.
"The whole thing is false," Floyd said. " You can't believe everything TMZ says."
According to a court document that agent Murphy provided the Pioneer Press, the terms of Floyd's sentence called for him to abstain from alcohol and take every scheduled alcohol test. In his statement, his agent said Floyd missed a test scheduled for 6:33 a.m. on June 11. Earlier that morning, court documents show, Floyd was measured for high alcohol levels during standard, third-party testing.
In his statement, Murphy said Floyd, 27, was tested more than 500 times during the first 90 days of his house arrest and recorded a 0.0 blood-alcohol content for all of them. But he acknowledged three positive tests between 5:30 and 6:23 a.m. on June 11—.055, 045 and .044.
Murphy said Floyd was tested at the the house of Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, where Floyd has been living since he arrived in Minnesota last month. Floyd and Rudolph were former college roommates at Notre Dame.
According to a blood test taken after Floyd's December arrest, his blood-alcohol level was .217. Police arrested him after finding him asleep at a stoplight behind the wheel of his running car. The Arizona Cardinals released him days later and he finished the season with the New England Patriots.
"Prior to and after this incident, Michael has not had any alcohol whatsoever since the start of his home monitoring," Murphy said in his statement. "Unfortunately, the kombucha teas that Michael did drink resulted in a positive blood alcohol content reading. As a result, the Court wishes to hear from Michael on June 26.
"At that time, Michael will have an opportunity to explain how this unfortunate test result happened."
According to mayoclinic.org, kombucha tea is a fermented drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast.